Buehler to start Game 4 on short rest for Dodgers vs Giants

Tue Oct 12 3:53pm ET
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, right, throws out San Diego Padres' Jake Cronenworth at first base in front of pitcher Anthony DeSclafani during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)


Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler, foreground, stands on the mound as San Francisco Giants' Kris Bryant, right, rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of Game 1 of a baseball National League Division Series Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)


Los Angeles Dodgers' Walker Buehler pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of Game 1 of a baseball National League Division Series Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/John Hefti)


San Francisco Giants' Anthony DeSclafani pitches against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)


LOS ANGELES (AP) Walker Buehler was set to start Tuesday night on three days' rest for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of their NL Division Series against the San Francisco Giants.

Buehler was opposed by right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, making his first appearance this postseason. DeSclafani had a 3.17 ERA in 31 starts of the best season of his seven-year career.

''He's done a really nice job and he's prepared for this, he wants it,'' Giants manager Gabe Kapler said after Game 3. ''He's ready and he's the right choice for us.''

DeSclafani struggled against the Dodgers during the regular season with a 7.33 ERA in six starts.

The Giants lead the best-of-five series, 2-1, and could eliminate the defending World Series champions with a victory at Dodger Stadium.

Buehler pitched into the sixth inning Friday, throwing 99 pitches in a 4-0 loss to the Giants in Game 1. The right-hander allowed three runs and six hits. He struck out five and walked one in San Francisco.

Buehler recorded career-highs in innings pitched (207 2/3), wins (16), starts (33) and posted his second straight 200-plus strikeout season.

In his career, he's 7-1 with a 2.55 ERA in 13 regular-season games against the Giants, including 11 starts. He had one of his worst starts of the season in his outing against the Giants on Sept. 5 at Oracle Park, giving up six runs in three innings of a 6-4 loss - the first of his career to San Francisco.